With 4G LTE the standard that most wireless subscribers in the United States expect, carriers are already looking forward to what’s next.
Recently, T-Mobile announced, with only the bare essentials of details present, that it plans on launching a nationwide 5G network in 2020. AT&T has its 5G Evolution network, which is essentially just faster access to 4G LTE until it can get a proper 5G network in place at some point in the future. And then Verizon has plans to start testing its 5G network in 11 cities this year.
So of course Sprint would want to jump on the announcement bandwagon, because it certainly doesn’t want to be left behind — even on just a hype train. As such, the Now Network has officially announced that it plans on launching its own 5G network by the end of 2019. The announcement is pretty lacking in details, with the carrier only confirming it will launch this new network on its 2.5GHz band of spectrum (E-UTRA LTE Band 41). Sprint will be working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to make the 5G dream come true.
“Qualcomm Technologies, SoftBank and Sprint have jointly agreed to develop technologies for 5G, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5GHz) for accelerated wide-scale 5G deployments.
The companies plan to provide commercial services and devices in late 2019. Additional details will be provided by the companies.”
Otherwise, Sprint doesn’t go out of its way to announce how it plans on rolling out that upgraded network in two and a half years. But at least if anyone asks it can say it has plans to do something while all the other networks are doing it, too.